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ECU fans still booking Virtual Bowl "tickets" Staff Report

If you thought interest in the Virtual Bowl had dried up, you're wrong.

The ordinary bowl season ended with Southern Cal and LSU splitting the national title, but the outcome has yet to be determined in the push for extraordinary postseason achievement by East Carolina diehards.

The Virtual Bowl, the cyber-influenced creation of Purple-and-Gold aficionado Doug Groome, has generated "ticket" sales of $19,795, according to information supplied Friday by the Pirate Club. The new total represents an increase of more than $2,700 since the previous tally of $17,005 was reported.

A burst in sales after the Christmas and New Year's holidays easily boosted the bottom line beyond $18,000, the first of multiple benchmarks announced by Pirate Club executives Dennis Young and Matt Maloney when ECU's official booster club signed on to the project.

The $18,000 level was established as the first objective for the Virtual Bowl because that amount happened to the shortfall in the Pirate Club's drive to to fulfill its scholarship-underwriting pledge for the year.

Now that Target No. 1 has been met and left in the dust, the next set of goals involves selling enough tickets to accommodate Young and Maloney, respectively, with a shaved dome and a Mohawk haircut.

You can help ECU's athletic scholarship fundraising organization emerge as the winner of the Virtual Bowl by placing your "ticket" order online, or by calling the Pirate Club at 252.328.4540 to reserve your "seats" by phone.

02/23/2007 11:20 AM

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